Aston Villa are set to welcome two injured stars back to training this week with both having eyes firmly fixed on a first-team return.
Henri Lansbury is due back on the grass after a persistent hamstring problem looks to have finally cleared up.
While defender Axel Tuanzebe is also set to re-join the group after a foot injury has seen him miss the last three months.
The Manchester United loanee had been an important member of Dean Smith’s starting XI when fit and available, but since he has been missing replacements have been used.
Tommy Elphick was the man to fill the void before his injury, with Kortney Hause and Tyrone Mings now holding down the fort at the back with James Chester out of the team, too.
With Tuaznebe coming back, Neil Taylor could be a casualty of the return.
Mings is playing well at centre-half, but he could be moved back to left-back, his natural position, once the Manchester United loanee returns.
Through the process of elimination, Taylor could be ousted from the team without a direct rival taking his place in his position.
Smith would shuffle the pack in bringing the United youngster in the side again, to the detriment of the Wales international.
Taylor should be concerned if this were to happen as he has been a reliable component of the club’s defence as of late.
The 30-year-old has made 18 starts this term, three from the bench and has been a frequent member of the starting XI.
He will know that competition will increase upon Tuanzebe’s return and he will need to improve on the training pitch to keep his place.
It will be a difficult time with the swelling of the defensive playing staff, especially once the others who are out returning, too.
Taylor could get lost in the shuffle when the Man United loanee returns.
And that will cause him concern as well as some discontent if dropped right away.
It is something the left-back will need to be wary of and use it as motivation to channel a continuation of his current form, and even improve.